With great joy we witnessed ten sisters profess their first vows and over twenty sisters renew their temporal vows during a Mass on November 3rd at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Family and friends came from around the country to pray with us. We were especially blessed to have His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick preside over the Mass, accompanied by many concelebrating priests of the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) as well as diocesan priests and a number of deacons.
During this Year of Consecrated Life, the Church is called to look to the mystery of the religious vocation with special joy and support
We recognize each individual vocation as a gift and miracle of God, first for the sister who receives the call, next for the gift to our Religious Family, and above all for the good of the Church and the service of the People of God.
The consecrated life is a deepening of our baptismal promises. The mystery of a young religious sister who turns away from many goods of this life in order to cling only to Christ bears witness to the Transcendental in the midst of our world.
A Foundation Dedicated to Supporting Vocations: Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations
Among our guests, we were especially grateful to celebrate the day of first profession with Katherine Huber, co-founder of the Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations. Thanks to the generosity of this foundation many of our sisters have been able to enter religious life who would otherwise have been longer delayed by the weight of their college loans. Below, a group of past and present grant-recipients pose with Mrs. Huber! Thank you so much for what you do for religious life!
Please continue to pray for our newly professed sisters, and for those novices preparing to receive the holy habit on December 7, 2015, Vigil of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. May the Lord draw these new Spouses of Christ ever closer to Himself.